Former Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia secures bail in sedition case

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Dhaka, Apr.5 (ANI): Former Bangladesh Prime Minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia has secured bail in three cases, including a sedition case after she surrendered before three separate courts in Dhaka on Tuesday morning.

In the sedition case, Khaleda was granted bail by Judge Md Jakir Hossain Tipu of the Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court which was filed by a Supreme Court lawyer for her derogatory remarks on the number of Liberation War martyrs, reports the Daily Star.

She also secured bail in Jatrabari arson attack and Gatco graft cases.

Earlier in the day, Khaleda surrendered before Judge Kamrul Hossain Mollah of the Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court and secured bail in the arson attack on a passenger bus case in the capital’s Jatrabari in January last year.

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She was later granted bail by Judge Abu Ahmed Jomadar of Special Judge Court-3 in a corruption case.

The court on March 30 had issued arrest warrants against Khaleda and 27 others in the Jatrabari arson attack case.

The order came after the investigation officer showed Khaleda and 27 others involved in the case and appealed to the court to issue arrest warrants against them. The court directed the officer-in-charge of Jatrabari Police Station to submit reports by April 27 on execution of arrest warrants.

In the Gatco Graft Case, the court on February 23 had ordered Khaleda to appear before it today after receiving copy of the High Court’s February 15 verdict that had rejected two petitions filed by her challenging the legality of trial proceedings in the corruption case.

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The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) under the Emergency Powers Rules on September 2007, lodged the case with Tejgaon Police Station against Khaleda, her youngest son Arafat Rahman Koko, Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami and 10 others. The corruption statement said that there was corruption in the awarding of a contract to Global Agro Trade (Pvt) Company Ltd (Gatco) for container management at inland depots in Dhaka and Chittagong which had allegedly cost the state exchequer over Tk 1,000 crore.

The High Court on July 15, 2008, stayed the case proceedings against Khaleda and issued a rule upon the government and the ACC to explain why the case proceedings shouldn’t be quashed. (ANI)

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